Marine heat waves may become more intense, frequent: study
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1st Feb, 2021
The mixed layer of the ocean loss may lead to more frequent and destructive warming events such as marine heat waves, as per a recent study.
What is mixed layer of the ocean?
- It blankets the top 20 to 200 metres.
- It is becoming thinner each year.
- The continued loss of this buffer may lead to more frequent and destructive warming events such as marine heat waves.
- The thickness of this top layer of the ocean is responsible for marine heat events.
- The thicker this mixed layer, the more it can act as a buffer to shield the waters below from incoming hot air.
What could be the impacts of the thinning of the layer?
- It might lose the ability to predict annual ocean surface temperatures.
- The thinning of this layer causing the oceans to become more susceptible to rapid swings in temperature.
- Marine heatwaves will be more intense and happen more often in the future.